Visitors at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings visitor event held in the Dye House building © Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings
Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings visitor event held in the Dye House building © Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings

Visiting Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Come and explore one of the most important historic buildings in the world. The Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre, managed by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, is open to the public – and it's free!

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Visitor Centre

The centre brings together interpretations of the mill's role in the industrial revolution and the pioneers who made it happen, including:

  • The impact of the building's revolutionary iron frame on the world of architecture
  • How flax was processed, from the field to the end product, which include a myriad of items from ship sails to playing cards
  • Details of the mill's machinery and technology
  • Working conditions at the mill, including child labour
  • The change of use from flaxmill to maltings and the malting process

The opening of the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre is the first phase of an exciting project with Historic England working in partnership with the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings and Shropshire Council to restore this historic site and secure its future. Grants from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership via its Growth Deal with Government, as well as donations from charitable trusts, foundations, individuals and local companies in support of the project, are enabling the second phase of the restoration to go ahead. Once completed, the buildings will provide a mixed use development with community, residential and commercial facilities.

Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings

The Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings run the Visitor Centre and organise events, tours and public activities on site. When it's complete, the Friends will also manage the public visitor space within the Main Mill.

For more information about public tours, events and open days, register to receive the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings newsletter.

Opening times

The Visitor Centre is now closed. A new visitor experience will open in Spring 2022.

To stay up to date with the project, follow


Spring Gardens, Shrewsbury, SY1 2SX

Entrance off the A5191

Train: Shrewsbury station - 0.7 miles

Bus: 24, 64, 511 & 519

Supported by

Historic England
Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings
Shropshire Council
European Union
National Lottery Heritage Fund
The Marches
Midlands Engine
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation logo
Logo text: Foyle Foundation
Company crest for the Ironmongers' Company. Moto reads: ASSHER DURE
Logo text: The Pilgrim Trust
Text reads: The Walker Trust
Logo for William A Cadbury Charitable Trust
Logo text reads: The Wolfson Foundation
Logo text reads: Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants. Crest moto reads: STAT FORTUNA DOMUS
Worshipful Company of Engineers crest. Moto reads: CERTARE INGENIO

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings project team

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